Cowboy Chic Ranch in Colorado

About Clark Co. and neighboring Steamboat Springs:

L'Auberge de Sedona

HISTORY:  Native peoples occupied this beautiful area as far back as 11,000 BC, judging from artifacts and art found in the area.  The Singua people, as they were known, were remembered for their pottery, basketry and masonry.  Later, after 1400 AD, the tribes of the Yavapai, Havasupai and Apache moved into the valley until forcibly removed to reservations in 1876 during the heyday of US western expansion.

All Inclusive Resort in Puerto Rico

El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico
A Bit of History
Indigenous peoples occupied this tropical island as far back 3000 BC. They were mostly nomadic until the time of Christ, when three different tribes occupied the island, farming tuber plants like yucca. By 1100 AD, the Tainos People had established an advanced culture of weavers and potters and lived within a social hierarchy headed by chieftains.

Hidden Jewel in Beaver Creek, CO

Highlands Lodge- Vail Beaver Creek
A Bit of History
Vail/Beaver Creek was a Ute Indian hunting ground long before European settlers pioneered the Gore Creek Valley. In the 1800's, fortune hunters looking for gold and other moneymaking resources settled in the area. For the next hundred years, Vail was mostly a sheep pasture until expert skiers of the Army's 10th Mountain Division trained in Leadville in the 1940's and went on to fight in the Alps during WWII. Some of the army buddies of this famous Rocky Mountain skiing squad returned here after the war and built their dream - Vail Resort. Beaver Creek, opposed by environmental groups, opened in 1980.

Lajitas Resort -The Ultimate Hideout in Texas

A Bit of History:

Lajitas is named for the small flat rocks that blanket the area born of ancient volcanoes and inland seas. Its history reads like a Michener novel. Just north of the resort, 40 million year old bones of long-necked dinosaurs were found to have roamed this desert landscape. About a thousand years ago, descendants of Pueblo Indians farmed here, followed by Native American Comanche tribes. The first Europeans were the Spanish explorers coming in around 1535 looking for gold. By the 1800's rugged settlers had established expansive cattle ranches and had to constantly fight off raiding Comanche tribes and Spanish bandits. By 1916, Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, the only six-star general in U.S. military history, built the Lajitas military outpost to protect the settlers and pursue the elusive Mexican folk hero, Pancho Villa. The Trading Post at Lajitas, built in 1899, still bears bullet holes from Villa's gun. Down the road apiece, the tiny, neighboring town of Terlingua was the USA's quicksilver mining capital during the second World War, supplying the precious metal for bomb ignitions. As mercury was no longer a needed commodity after the war, Terlingua became a ghost town and is now a thriving tourist community/artist's haven and area curiosity. Of course, there are the cowboy stories along with the miner's tales of drink and peril in every crevice of the red rock buttes that encircle the area. Lured by this rich lore, in 2000, Steve Smith, an Austin entrepreneur, bought the entire 25,000 acre parcel of Lajitas replete with an authentic western style town that John Wayne could have sauntered down in his dusty cowboy boots, and turned it into a world class, four star resort.

Red Mountain Spa, St Ivins, Utah

A Bit of History:

The ancient Pueblo Native American tribe known as the Virgin River Anasazi inhabited this area for thousands of years, mainly in cliff dwellings and caves. Petroglyphs etched in the surrounding rock walls proclaim their existence. It wasn't until 1776 that European settlers entered the area when two Spanish Catholic fathers (Dominiguez and Escalante) ventured into what is now St. George to establish a mission. In 1826, Jedediah Smith, a self-proclaimed mountain man and fur trader, explored the area on his way to California, leaving in his wake, grandiose tales of bravado. In 1858, three hundred Mormon families from the southern United States, established cotton farms in the area. The idea was to establish self-sufficient colonies of Latter Day Saints who would supply needed materials to other colonies in the Utah settlements, so they did not have to depend on the Eastern states' products. The profusion of cotton farms that sprung up during this time resulted in the St. George area becoming known as "Utah's Dixie." Later, in 1874, silk production was also introduced and a great number of mulberry trees were planted to feed the silkworms. The trees still dot the area today. The colonies hardly succeeded, though due to harsh weather conditions and river flooding. Many of those settlements are now ghost towns, many of which are tourist attractions.